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Alternative Care

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Alternative Care

Who are the children in alternative care?

Every foster child is unique. Here are some examples of what we may encounter:

  • Siblings who need to stay together
  • Infants
  • Teens
  • Children from all cultural, religious and socio-economic groups
  • Children who are medically fragile or who have special physical, developmental, emotional or mental health needs. This could include children who were exposed to drugs or alcohol prenatally.
  • Children who have experienced trauma or loss, including children who have been exposed to family violence, neglect or abuse
  • Siblings who need to stay together
  • Infants
  • Teens
  • Children from all cultural, religious and socio-economic groups
  • Children who are medically fragile or who have special physical, developmental, emotional or mental health needs. This could include children who were exposed to drugs or alcohol prenatally.
  • Children who have experienced trauma or loss, including children who have been exposed to family violence, neglect or abuse

How long are children in alternative care?

Sometimes it’s only for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. Sometimes it’s longer. CASNPS works towards reuniting the child with his or her parents or other family members, but this isn’t always possible. In some cases, what’s best for the child may be alternative permanency options.